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A Former Chicago Police Chief Gets Trial Date for Felony Charge

A Former Chicago Police Chief Gets Trial Date for Felony Charge

Posted in Criminal Defense

A former police chief for the city of Chicago has recently received his trial date regarding a felony charge. Officially, the former law enforcement officer has been charged with misconduct and theft for allegedly taking money from a certain fund related to drug forfeiture. He entered a plea of not guilty in response to the felony charge and he will soon appear in an Illinois court.

The man was charged after he was accused of taking as much as $140,000 from a fund related to Illinois police business. Although the former police chief did resign from his position, he entered a not guilty plea to the charges. The prosecution says that he supposedly took this money for his own personal use, but the defense has asked for more information about the prosecution’s case. The man has the right to know what evidence will be offered by the prosecution to use against him in court.

As with other criminal cases, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. This means that the charges alleged must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Challenging the evidence of the prosecution and presenting evidence to contradict the government’s case are typical steps in a criminal defense plan.

The defense of a criminal charge varies from case to case, determined by the seriousness of the charges and evidence gathered by the prosecution. When facing a felony charge, it is beneficial to understand all of the possible options contesting the accusations and achieving an optimal result. Determining the best choice is a process that starts with a careful analysis all of the aspects of the individual case.

Source: Lake County News-Sun, “Former North Chicago police chief’s felony theft trial set“, Jim Newton, Aug. 12, 2014

Source: Lake County News-Sun, “Former North Chicago police chief’s felony theft trial set“, Jim Newton, Aug. 12, 2014



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